There are a few different types of European visa applications, including EEA family permits and EEA residence cards. To find out which EEA Europe visa you need to apply for, get in touch with the team at Astons for some expert help and advice.
If a non-EEA family member of an EEA national (for example a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, child, grandchild or grandparent) who is outside the UK wishes to come to the UK to join their EEA family member, they must apply to the British Embassy for an EEA family permit. If this European visa is granted, they are entitled to come to the UK to join their EEA family member.
A non-EEA family member of an EEA national (for example a spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, child, grandparent) who is already in the UK can apply for an EEA Residence Card so that they can remain in the UK with their EEA family member. This can benefit someone who is in the UK on any visa category or even potentially someone who is here illegally.
An EEA national and their non-EEA family members can apply for settlement (permanent residence) after having resided together in the UK continuously for five years.
For more information on permanent residence, please see our page about Indefinite Leave to Remain.
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